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Despite the same sex marriage momentum on Smith Hill, one lawmaker wants to put the issue on a ballot to let Rhode Islanders vote on changing the definition of marriage.
State Senator Frank Ciccone says his constituents are clamoring for a say on this red-hot issue. His proposed referendum would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. "My constituents want it placed on the ballot so they have an opportunity to vote so they can make a choice on whether or not they are in favor of same sex marriage. And I am at this point in agreement with them."